Global Opportunity Index 2021: Focus on Latin America

51 Pages Posted: 9 Mar 2021

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Oscar Contreras

Milken Institute

Benjamin Smith

Milken Institute

Joseph Bendix

Milken Institute

Claude Lopez

Milken Institute

Date Written: February 5, 2021

Abstract

This report uses the 2021 Global Opportunity Index and its different categories to provide an overview of Latin America's attractiveness to foreign investors, especially when compared to other emerging markets and developing economies (EMDE). It also offers an in-depth look at Latin America's global capital inflows (emphasizing their composition and evolution over the past decade) and the regions' cross-border M&A activity.Overall, the report highlights that many of the main challenges to foreign investors (and, more broadly, to a sound investment climate in the region) stem from the lack of a strong, transparent, and predictable legal framework, including well-functioning legal and judicial systems. Thus, the analysis suggests that Latin American governments must take concrete measures to strengthen the rule of law and tackle the pervasive corruption that undermines public trust.

Keywords: capital flows, FDI, investment, Latin America

JEL Classification: F3, F4

Suggested Citation

Contreras, Oscar and Smith, Benjamin and Bendix, Joseph and Lopez, Claude, Global Opportunity Index 2021: Focus on Latin America (February 5, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3780183 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3780183

Oscar Contreras

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Benjamin Smith

Milken Institute ( email )

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Joseph Bendix

Milken Institute

1250 Fourth Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
United States

Claude Lopez (Contact Author)

Milken Institute ( email )

1250 Fourth Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
United States

HOME PAGE: http://claudelopez.com

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